MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski called for a ban on interviews of some of President Donald Trump’s chief surrogates because they lie so much.
The “Morning Joe” co-hosts said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani lacked credibility, and interviewing them was a waste of time.
“Do we interview Sarah Huckabee Sanders?” Brzezinski said. “Do we put her on the air at this point? What happens to briefings, if they ever come back? Where do we go with a situation like this?”
Jonathan Lemire, White House correspondent for the Associated Press, said previous press secretaries have shaded the truth to benefit the president they served, but he said the Sanders situation was substantially different.
“We didn’t see the outright falsehoods and outright lies,” Lemire said. “Not just the media, but the American public is to rely on the White House normally as an authority of truth where you can believe and trust in your government. I do think it creates a tricky situation going forward. It’s the same with Kellyanne Conway, where she’s gone on television and given falsehoods and does she deserve air time. We would look to have her come back to the podium and be able to ask her questions.”
Brzezinski said she won’t interview Conway, because she’d long ago given away her credibility.
“That’s why we don’t have Kellyanne on, because it’s literally 20 minutes of lies,” she said.
Scarborough said other Trump representatives had the same problem.
“I was watching Rudy Giuliani this weekend,” he said. “I don’t understand why anybody would have Sarah Sanders on if they know she’s going to lie, and Kellyanne Conway, if they know they’re going to lie.”
“This isn’t opinion, it isn’t subjective, it is objective,” Scarborough added. “You can stack their words up against words they’ve used in the past and they just lie, and they do it if they would like to get angry about that, we’d be glad to run clips all day tomorrow showing their lies. But the same thing with Rudy Giuliani, the host was asking him things and he was saying things that were objectively false.”
GOP will be ‘aided and abetted’ by Russian bots and trolls defending Trump: Former FBI counter-intel chief
The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans to "hunker down" because Russian intelligence will be repeating Republican talking points.
Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."
"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.
"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.
Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’
Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.
Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.
"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.
Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.
The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."
"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.